6) However, when actually deployed in early 2004, CDDOC
was assigned not to a theater commander or any component but to USCENTCOM headquarters under the J4.
operated within AR-CENT headquarters to support unity of effort for the retrograde, maintain asset and in-transit visibility, and synchronize strategic transportation.
Kevin LaFrance, the organization's Army senior sustainment officer, the diversity that exists within CDDOC
is a huge advantage.
joined with Combined Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) and the DLA to provide more reliable and responsive support to Combined Joint task Force 76 in Afghanistan.
In addition to the usual gray Air Force cargo planes, the CDDOC
contracted commercial aircraft--most notably Russian IL-76 cargo planes.
Figure 2 graphically illustrates where the CDDOC
fits into the overall process.
has improved readiness and enabled operational agility by diverting critical items (i.
developed a partnership with the Department of the Army, DLA, the Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC), Combined Joint Task Force-7 in Iraq, and the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC) to package materiel on pure pallets for troops at far forward locations, establish container management teams in theater, and divert large items from air lines of communication to ocean shipping in order to free up scarce air assets for operational use.
, termed by some to be a JMC on steroids, (73) offered "enhanced ITV [intransit visibility], reach back and decisionmaking authority, logistics experts within the reach of the warfighter, and actions in force flow and sustainment, all of which assisted the theater operational commanders in the accomplishment of their missions.
The relationships that the CDDOC
built with the Kuwaiti airport personnel proved to be invaluable as it finalized the memorandum of agreement that officially established the rules and procedures governing Theater Express operations.
With its forward location, the CDDOC
always has the warfighters in mind.
This article will not address all the issues involved in mending the seam between strategic and theater logistics, but will concentrate on the United States Central Command (USCENTCOM) Deployment and Distribution Operations Center (CDDOC
) Spiral 1 and what the report concerning the CDDOC
describes as a way ahead.